Utilizing a range of controls to simplify the automation process. Systems involved a large ControlLogix PLC, Kinetix Servo's, VFD's, Operator Interface Stations, and several Fanuc Robots. Communication network consisted of Ethernet drops to new equipment and Data Highway Plus to existing equipment. Part tracking and system control provided the operators and supervisors assistance that they required.
Updated an old relay logic system and developed a semi-new system integrated in with existing PLC's. Remote IO was added to simplify electrical wiring. Also two Panelview Plus stations were added to assist with cell operation. We added three Fanuc Robots to deal with material handling.
Development and communication was established months in advance to provide a seamless transition during startup. Downtime was limited during this transition into this new project. All the preparation was key to provide a one week install and startup of this new equipment.
Cell consist of 25+ Ethernet IP addresses talking to a ControlLogix PLC. This cell has a total of seven Fanuc Robots, one utilizing vision software to locate part position. Another using a 7th axis on a rail system to transfer material. Multiple Operator Screens were used to access machines in the cell and provide operator control. Data Collection was provided by using Ignition Software. Providing useful information to the supervisors and engineering team.
Client called asking if we could troubleshoot his machine. We quickly scheduled a visit and while looking things over we noticed that the machine was working correctly and that the product that they were attempting to test was different. We made necessary wiring and PLC code modifications to make this happen.